About Mama Lucy

My village in Arusha, Tanzania did not have good schools. So, I started Shepherds Junior School in 2003 with money I raised from a small chicken farm. I began with only 10 students. With the help of Epic Change, now I serve more than 411 kids and my school is currently ranked #2 in my district out of 118 schools. Find me on twitter @MamaLucy. I am Mama Lucy Kamptoni.


It always feels good to see positive reviews about you doing the rounds. It gives you a feeling that people appreciate the good word that you are up to and also the fact that when someone intends to do any good, the universe and its elements id it in doing it. For example, see this review where the patron praises us no end and calls us the best ever trading software on this planet. We are swelling with pride and thanking the lord for helping us garner such positive feedback.

I asked a few of my students and teachers to write something about me. Before the time to go home, they wrote these responses. I was thrilled to read what they wrote. It was my opportunity to learn who I am — though I’m not very sure if what they wrote is true or it’s just because we love each other. 🙂

Nihad Salim: “I started learning at this school since I was six years old; Now I am 12. Mama Lucy is a founder of our school Shepherds Junior. She is a hard-working mama. She is kind. She loves us and I love her very much.”

Leah Albert: “I joined Shepherds Junior 6 years ago when I was in Nursery. Now I am in class 6. When our school started, there was no cook. Mama Lucy cooked for us tea or porridge. May God bless Mama Lucy to live a long life. Thank you.”

Kelvin Yudah: “When I started school [five years ago], she used her small Toyota Corolla to take pupils to school and return them back home. It could carry 10 children. Now our school is having 1 big bus from Epic Change and 3 school vans.”

Teacher Lillian, a founder teacher: “Mama Lucy is a founder and School Manager of Shepherds Junior. She works very close and likes to share ideas with her workers compared to some other bosses. She always work hard to see the problem is solved. She is a person who never gives up. Thank you!”

Teacher Nancy – Class 6 teacher and Academic Mistress: “I first met Mama Lucy year 2006 when she employed me. She is a role model to our community; a woman who never fails in her ambitions.”

Gideon Gidori: “Mama Lucy is a very intelligent and a person who works hard so that we can get good education. I am proud of Shepherds Junior.”

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